Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time learning and finding the really useful resources that help my clients reach their goals quicker and be more informed in regards to their health and fitness. Here’s the best of what I’ve found so far – hope you find it useful.
- The Food Doctor Everyday Diet: If you buy one nutrition book it should be this… I recommend this to all my clients as it spells out 10 clear principles that are the foundations of maintaining a healthy weight. It’s easy to follow and includes some good recipes to help you get started.
- The Food Hospital: You may have watched the Channel 4 series that this book is based on. It’s a great guide that refers to the latest research on how you can use food to prevent and alleviate illness. Lots of useful sections on foods to eat and avoid for different illnesses or circumstances, e.g. pregnancy, and most importantly some really scrummy recipes.
- The Low-GL Diet Bible: As the strap line says this book is “The perfect way to lose weight, gain energy and improve your health: The Healthy Way to Lose Fat Fast, Gain Energy and Feel Superb”. If you’re the kind of person that really likes to get down in the detail and understand exactly why a low GL diet is good for weight loss and health then this is the book for you. If you prefer a simpler read then the Food Doctor book above is your better option.
- Fat Chance: The bitter truth about sugar: This is certainly one of the best books I have read on the impact that sugar has on body fat, and general health. If you still think that fat content in your diet is the sole contributor to weight gain then you must read this. It’s insightful and the basis for fundamental advice I provide to my clients.
- Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals: Despite the title the great thing about this book isn’t just the time it takes to prepare the meals. In this book Jamie has worked with a nutritionist to ensure the recipes are balanced, taste great (in true Jamie style) and are generally nutritious and good for you. Definitely one to include in your recipe book collection!
Move Well and Relax
- Claire Missingham’s free online yoga classes: A number of online free yoga classes on YouTube you can do at home which are a good introduction to Vinyasa flow yoga. Having attended one of Claire’s yoga workshops recently (as a relative newcomer to yoga practice) I was really impressed by her style and approach. If you haven’t done yoga before this is a good place to start.
- Say No To Diabetes: 10 Secrets to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes: Another of Patrick’s fantastic books aimed at both preventing and treating diabetes. In today’s high sugar diet more and more of us are prone to this disease.
- Balance Your Hormones: The simple drug-free way to solve women’s health problems: I can see how this list may seem a little Patrick Holford obsessed…but that’s because his books are a great resource…and this one is no exception. Unbalanced hormones play havoc with women’s lives and cause problems ranging from PMS and endometriosis to fibroids, breast cancer and menopausal problems. This book helps us to address the balance.
Motivational, Inspirational or Entertaining
- Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection: I read this on my sun lounger on my last summer holiday, and wasn’t disappointed. I laughed from beginning to end as the author (an experiential journalist) spends a year trying to move away from his “snake that has swallowed a goat” physique to a fit, active and healthy body by trying all manner of exercises and fad diets. A great read if you’re coming to the end of a book.
High Intensity Exercise
- Insanity: The Ultimate Cardio Workout and Fitness DVD Programme.: You may or may not have heard of the Insanity workout. If you enjoy high intensity exercise, already have some level of fitness and are looking for quick results then this is definitely for you. But be warned – it takes some commitment and isn’t for the faint-hearted!